Todmorden bounce back in mixed weekend

IT was a mixed weekend for Todmorden Cricket Club with an agonising defeat on Saturday, but bouncing back with a strong win on Sunday.

Todmorden’s club record nine-match winning run ended at Accrington where the home side won for the second time under new skipper Jimmy Hayhurst.

An unbeaten 72 by professional Ashar Zaidi saw the home side to victory with just one over to spare after Todmorden had made 161 for six.

Todmorden professional Qaiser Abbas top scored with 51 with Paul Senior (23 not out), Nick Barker (23) and Ben Sutcliffe (21) lending good support.

Zaidi bowled through the innings taking three for 54. He was soon in action again after Abbas had trapped left handers Simon Hanson (1) and Stuart Crabtree (0) to leave the home side one for two.

Andy Greenwood (13) helped his professional add 38 before he fell to Abbas but Matt Schofield (21) took over to add another 38 for the fourth wicket before falling to James Morgan.

Abbas struck again to send back Matt Wilson nine runs later without scoring but Zaidi found another partner in Mitch Taylor who made 21 out of a sixth wicket stand of 52 when Abbas (five for 74) claimed his fifth victim.

It was the skipper Hayhurst who saw Accrington pass the winning post with an unbeaten 14 to record a second win of the season.

But at Centre Vale the following day Todmorden were back to winning ways.

An unbeaten 80 from Ben Sutcliffe helped them bounce back to form and an eight-wicket win over Bacup who, lost for the first time.

Sutcliffe hit eight fours from the 92 balls that he faced with good support from Nick Barker (39) in a second wicket stand of 94.

Skipper Simon Newbitt (25) and professional Qaiser Abbas (22 not out) added good support.

Abbas had earlier bowled through Bacup’s innings of 186 for nine, taking four for 71.

His opposite number South African Jon-Jon Smuts hit 11 fours and a six in making 111 his maiden league century from 134 balls.

l TODMORDEN seconds also had a mixed weekend, winning convincingly at Centre Vale on Saturday, but struggling on Sunday.

They were always on the front foot against Accrington as they skittled them all out for a meagre 85 with I. Hussain and H.Abbas getting three wickets each.

They then had no trouble in reaching 89 for three with Freddie Priestley top scoring with an unbeaten 51, well supported by James Crossley, who got 23.

It was a different story on Sunday at Bacup as Todmorden lost by 41 runs.

The home side reached 187 for nine. Jacob Howard was the pick of the bowling attack and finished with four wickets for 15 runs.

In reply Todmorden could only reach 146 with Freddie Priestley again top scoring with 61.

l ON Thursday May 19 at 7.30pm David Lloyd is hosting a question an answer session at Todmorden Cricket Club. Tickets are £12 including pie and pea supper, casual dress.